Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ringo's 'Stop and Smell the Roses' album

Okay, so 'Stop and Small the Roses' may not be Ringo's best (that would be 1973's Ringo LP), but darn it, I like it.

It's got Paul, George and Harry Nilsson for one thing. I think part of reason people are tough on it is because the CD version has six bonus tracks (for a total of 16), which makes the album seem way too long. You're kind of sick of it by track 12 or so.

Ringo is better in small doses.

But I think the really interesting thing about Roses is 'what might have been': John Lennon was going to give him 'Nobody Told Me' (which is on Lennon's Milk and Honey LP) and 'Life Begins at 40' (on Lennon's Anthology box set).

The sessions were supposed to take place in January 1981, but as we all know, that didn't happen. I assume Ringo could've used the songs anyway, but chose not to.

Had Lennon done the album, it might've been a big hit. The main reason Ringo was his best and best selling LP was because it was the one time all four Beatles appeared on the same record. That is, the one time when they were all alive. 'Free as a Bird'/'Real Love' isn't really the same thing, is it? The closest they came again was in 1976 on Ringo's Rotogravure. It has songs by the other three, and John and Paul appear on it, but George did not attend any recordings.

There was something magical, not to mention 'publicity gold', about having the four boys on the same album. Yeah, Ringo is a fine record, but it has a vibe and mood to it no other Ringo Starr album has. And I think part of that is because of the other Beatles, even though all four don't actually perform together on any one song. But hey, all four of them hardly performed together on 'The White Album', either.


Blogger therealshell said...

Good point(s) on "Ringo," which was always a favorite of mine. I quite like "Goodnight Vienna," too.

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